M.A.R.I.N. Media Art Research Interdisciplinary Network
Founded by artists Tapio Mäkelä and Marko Peljhan, M.A.R.I.N. is a mobile residency programme set on board a catamaran sailboat, redesigned and equipped to be a sustainable environment for transdisciplinary research in arts, sciences and technology.
For their maiden voyage M.A.R.I.N. will sent sail on an 11-week long residency on the Irish Sea, starting from ISEA2009 in Belfast and traveling down the coast of Cumbria to Liverpool. Mapping marine ecology along the Northwest coastline, using sensors and a small field laboratory and combining maritime history, interviews, and public workshops.
Supported by folly in Cumbria M.A.R.I.N. will host workshops with artists from Soundwave in Whitehaven from the 4th - 6th September, then sail on to Barrow-in-Furness to work with a group of young people from Drop Zone at The Dock Museum from 8th - 15th September. All the research and work created during the workshops will be used to create podcasts, a geo-tagged web blog and an installation in the public space at FACT in Liverpool during the AND Festival from 23rd - 27th September.
The project is supported by Arts Council Finland, Finnish Audiovisual Foundation AVEK, The Finnish Institute in London, Australia Council, University of North-South Wales, ISEA 2009, AHRC, University of Salford, Audio Nomad, Marin Association.
With Special thanks to Whitenhaven Marina and AB Ports, Barrow-in-Furness.